I really believe music wants to be free, and that we impose our own limitations on it and have to seek much more freedom in our understanding and expression of it. We divide it via group heirarchies, genres, rituals around composition. We also try and polish it, and make it something almost unreachable. I hope people can realise they are also all musicians, all artists and all free to create.
I play guitar, tabla, mandolin, and uzbek lute. I also mess around on loads of other instruments and collaborate with other musicians. I speak Spanish, Italian and English, and write songs in all 3 languages. I studied classical guitar in Italy and classical indian tabla with Tapan Roy. I am a second generation refugee of the Chilean Pinochet dictatorship, so I grew up around Nueva Trova Chilena and there's a lot of that in here. I'm a buddhist, and I work in community organising, human rights, participative arts etc. That's in there too. Also I am really into improvisation, and there's free improvisations, scored improvisations, and melodic improvisations based on one liner fluxcompositions or various strong emotions.
These songs were recorded through the years from around 2001-2010, published elsewhere but never put together in one place until now.
"Dolce Stil Novo" was written as a poem when I was a teenager, in the 80s and read and improvised live as a song 20 years later.
"Holmgren's 12 Permaculture Principles" was improvised live at the Cube Cinema with 3 other improvisers, as a practical result of an Eddie Prévost workshop the day before. The 12 principles are set out on a 3x4 grid and each player is instructed to play to one of the principles for a minute each, switching randomly to another when they finish.
Dietro Via Zanon also published in "Wildstrings Quartet" by the eponymous group :)